Are there any negative sides to training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?
No, not just when it comes to injuries. But also when it comes to the BJJ community?
Well, the legendary Rickson Gracie thinks that there is a negative side of Jiu-Jitsu in this regard – particularly, in Brazil.
He shared more about it in an interview with the Black Belt Magazine:
Jiu-Jitsu is the fastest-growing sport in Brazil because everybody wants to be a fighter.
Many students now think they have to fight to prove themselves. They train at a Jiu-Jitsu school and go out to nightclubs to fight.
That’s been a big problem for Brazilian society.
It’s because a lot of gang members, tough guys and problem kids have Jiu-Jitsu techniques put into their hands, and they become like little supermen.
They beat everybody, and they create a lot of problems.
This is the negative side, the wrong use of the power of Jiu-Jitsu.
But it’s not about BJJ being a negative thing in and of itself, Rickson emphasizes.
Rather, it’s about the people using it for wrongdoings:
The police understand it’s not a Jiu-Jitsu thing; it’s a criminal thing.
It’s the same as the way a lot of people use guns to commit crimes.
Jiu-jitsu training gives a sense of power, and people sometimes use it the wrong way.
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